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Meaning of PEEVISH

Pronunciation:  'peevish

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"

PEEVISH is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: cranky, fractious, ill-natured, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, pettish, petulant, techy, testy, tetchy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pee"vish\, a. [OE. pevische; of uncertain origin, perh.
from a word imitative of the noise made by fretful children +
1. Habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to
   please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant. ``Her
   peevish babe.'' --Wordsworth.

         She is peevish, sullen, froward.      --Shak.

2. Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable
   dissatisfaction; as, a peevish answer.

3. Silly; childish; trifling. [Obs.]

         To send such peevish tokens to a king. --Shak.

Syn: Querulous; petulant; cross; ill-tempered; testy;
     captious; discontented. See {Fretful}.

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